New offence for spitting on police

People who spit or throw other bodily materials at police officers and other emergency services workers would face tough penalties under new laws proposed by the Marshall Liberal Government.

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State Government moves to abolish provocation defence

The Marshall Liberal Government will introduce legislation abolishing the defence of provocation by the end of the year, after announcing today a Bill will be drafted to go out for extensive consultation.

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Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Third Party Insurance) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Today, I introduce a bill to amend the Motor Vehicles (Compulsory Third Party Insurance) Amendment Bill 2019. The bill is about maximising benefits for South Australian motorists by providing a fair and competitive compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance scheme.

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Marshall Government makes changes to help victims of crime

Changes to the Victims of Crime Act will make it easier and less stressful for victims to access compensation.

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Victims of Crime (Offender Service and Joinder) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

Victims of crime compensation is governed by the Victims of Crime Act 2001. The compensation provided to victims compensates the victim for the pain and suffering they have endured as well as compensating their economic loss incurred as a result of the crime. It is a compensation scheme of last resort, meaning that compensation from other sources is intended to be fought first. The victims of crime compensation is not intended to act like civil damages to restore a victim to the position they were prior to the crime, but to provide an acknowledgement from the state of their loss. In this regard, it is more of a redress scheme than a compensation scheme.

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Psychiatric assessment reforms pass State Parliament

Legislative reforms aimed at ensuring the courts have timely access to psychiatric assessments have passed State Parliament.

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National Electricity (South Australia) (Retailer Reliability Obligation) Amendment Bill

Second Reading

I rise to speak on the National Electricity (South Australia) (Retailer Reliability Obligation) Amendment Bill 2019. It has taken me a lot to come to speak on this bill. I have just spent the last half an hour reading one of the most gruesome coronial reports I have ever read, and I will be talking about that on another day in this house.

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Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Investigation Powers) No 2 Amendment Bill

Second Reading

This bill amends the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012 (ICAC Act) to address the government's commitment to transparent justice in South Australia when the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is investigating serious or systemic maladministration and misconduct in public administration. In short, the bill seeks to clarify how the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption investigates matters raising potential issues of serious or systemic misconduct and maladministration in public administration. Importantly, it will provide the commissioner with the discretion to hold public hearings into matters.

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Two workplace experts appointed to SA Employment Tribunal

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman has today announced two experienced South Australian lawyers have been appointed as Deputy Presidents of the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).

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Retired Supreme Court Judge to oversee ICAC

Retired Supreme Court Judge the Honourable John Sulan QC has been appointed as South Australia’s next Reviewer of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

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